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A Rorschach Test for Kitchen or Bath

A Rorschach Test for Kitchen or Bath

Alistair McAuley and Paul Simmons met at the Glasgow School of Art in the 1980s. They were studying classical textile design, like the pastoral scenes of Toile – horses, fox-hunting and picnicking – where deep reds or blues are usually printed on a cream-colored background. In 1990, the pair set themselves up for business in a [...]

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Houses by Eliel and Eero Saarinen

Houses by Eliel and Eero Saarinen

Jari Jetsonen and Sirkkaliisa Jetsonen have a new book out on residences designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen in Finland and the U.S. Princeton Architectural Press kindly arranged an email interview for A+A: Why did you decide to do a book on Saarinen houses? During our work with the Finnish architects’ summerhouses book, (published by [...]

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A+A Launches Kickstarter Campaign

Architects + Artisans (A+A) today launched a crowd-funding campaign through Kickstarter, aimed at transforming the site from blog to community. Almost immediately, it was named a staff pick by the crowd-funding site. “For five years, A+A has been steadfast in its support of the architecture, art and design communities – and thousands now read its [...]

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In Taiwan, A Tower by Richard Meier

In Taiwan, A Tower by Richard Meier

Vivian Lee is a native of Taiwan who left at age seven to be raised in the states. Now she’s returned to Taichung as an architect with Richard Meier & Partners, to design a 41-story condominium tower in that booming city. “Obviously there’s a personal connection, but also there’s a lot happening in Taiwan right [...]

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How to Conserve 400 Tiffany Drawings

How to Conserve 400 Tiffany Drawings

A paper conservator, intently engaged in restoring the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection of drawings from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Studios, will discuss her work tonight during a lecture in midtown Manhattan. Marina Ruiz-Molina’s presentation will focus on the various strategies employed to conserve about 400 Tiffany drawings so they can be properly studied and [...]

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Design Hunting’s Home in East Harlem

Design Hunting’s Home in East Harlem

Item #2 from the Winter 2015 issue of New York magazine’s Design Hunting: The East Harlem home Jeffrey Ventura Morell shares with his partner, Lyndel Urbano, is an 850-square-foot, loftlike apartment inside a recently renovated former warehouse. But the space is considerably different from what you’d expect to find behind the building’s glass facade: a slice [...]

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Homes Inspired by Tuscany & Curacao

Homes Inspired by Tuscany & Curacao

If you’re going to build a home based on the architecture of northern Italy or the Dutch West Indies, it’s probably a good idea to visit those places. That’s the reasoning that Ryan Perrone, president at Nautilus Homes, applies to his annual visits to Umbria and Curacao. He, his brother and father, all partners in [...]

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In Los Angeles, Modernism at Auction

In Los Angeles, Modernism at Auction

There’s no university for learning the art auctioneering business, says Peter Loughrey, executive director of Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA). Sure, Sotheby’s and Christie’s offer a few masters-level courses, but if you’re serious about it, you’re pretty much on your own. “You have to learn how to research a piece, negotiate consignment contracts and make [...]

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At the Front in the Spanish Civil War

At the Front in the Spanish Civil War

If you were a serious war correspondent in the late 1930s, there were only two places to take up your craft: One was inside the walls of the Hotel Florida in Madrid – and the other was on the front lines in the war between Spain’s fascist and Republican armies. Hemingway knew it, as did [...]

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Edgy Architecture for the Sound Studio

Edgy Architecture for the Sound Studio

To call Peter Grueneisen an architect for the stars would be an understatement. Since the early 1990s, the Swiss-born, SCI-arc-educated designer has been working with clients like Hans Zimmer, James Newton Howard, Ice-T, Will Smith, the Dave Matthews Band and David Lynch. His specialty? Sound studios. A studio by Grueneisen is unlike any that’s come [...]

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